A URL shortener is a way to make a long URL (Uniform Resource Locator) shorter. URL shortening services are Web tools (or services) that allow you to provide a long URL to a specific webpage and obtain a much shorter URL from the service provider. This Webopedia reference guide will help you understand what a URL shortener is and how these URL redirect services work.
How to Shorten a URL Using a URL Shortener Service
By: Vangie Beal, 06-22-2011